DIY-home-improvement projects are a great way to save money and add value to your home while adding a sense of accomplishment. Some people think these projects are too complicated and not worth the effort. However, if you know what you’re doing and have a little time on your hands, DIY home heating improvements can be simple and rewarding.
Insulate Your Attic
When you are free, weekend insulating your attic is one of the DIY home improvement projects you can consider doing. There are many benefits of insulating your attic, including reduced energy costs and decreased risk of mold or mildew growth. You can also use the space to store more items that would otherwise be taking up space in the house.
Insulating your attic is not as difficult as it sounds; you don’t need special skills or tools, just some patients and a do-it-yourself spirit. Here are some tips to help you complete this project:
If your attic has a dirt floor, it would be best to put down 2 to 3 inches of insulation before installing any subfloor, such as plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). You can use unfaced or faced fibreglass batts to fill the open cavities between the rafters. For best results, make sure to use a staple gun to attach the batts to the rafters.
If you have knee walls (walls that come down to within about 4 feet of the attic floor), you’ll need to install insulation around the top of the wall and at the floor level. You can use batting, foam board, or rigid foam insulation for this. Make sure the insulation you choose gets rated for the climate you live in.
You’ll need to use thicker insulation; thinner insulation will do in warmer climates. If you’re not sure how much insulation your attic needs, consult with a heating company for help.
Add A Radiant Barrier To Your Roof
The sun is one of the biggest contributors to heat in your home. Consider adding a radiant barrier to your roof if you want to cut back on how much costly energy you’re using. A radiant barrier can block up to 95% of the heat coming through your roof by reflecting it away from the house. It will keep your house cooler and reduce air conditioning usage, which would save you money over time.
Adding a radiant barrier is not as difficult as it sounds; all you require are basic tools and materials, plus a do-it-yourself spirit! Here are some tips for installing this project:
If possible, take down any shingles that get removed for repairs or insulation installation. You’ll need them again when you’re done. Lay the radiant barrier down on top of the insulation, or if you’re using reflective foil tape, attach it to the underside of the roof sheathing.
Please make sure there are no air gaps between the barrier and the roof by taping it down securely. If you’re using reflective foil insulation, ensure it gets oriented the right way (with the shiny side facing down). After installation, replace the shingles and flashing. If you’re not sure how much radiant barrier your roof needs, consult with a professional for help.
Seal Up Air Leaks In Your Home
Air leaks are one of the biggest causes of high heating costs, so sealing them up will have an immediate effect on your wallet. Even if you’re not looking to save money, it’s still worth fixing those holes and cracks because they let out warm air during winter, which would make your heater work harder.
If you seal these gaps with some caulk or weather stripping, this will reduce drafts and improve the comfort level of any room where there was previously an air leak. Sealing up air leaks is not as difficult as it sounds; all you require are basic tools and materials. Here are some tips for completing this project:
Identify the areas in your home where the air is leaking in and out. These can be gaps around windows and doors, cracks in the walls or ceiling, or openings where cables and pipes go into the house. Once you’ve identified the leaks, seal them with caulk or weather-stripping. In areas where you can’t access it, use insulating spray foam. You can find this at any hardware store, and it will do a great job of sealing leaks that are too difficult to reach.
Install Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature in your house so that it will automatically adjust when no one is home or when you’re sleeping. Some programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, which can help you save even more money!
For example, your house may need to be at a higher temperature during summer, but a lower temperature is important at night. Most modern programmable thermostats will give you this kind of control. Here are some tips for completing this project:
Buy or borrow the right equipment. A professional-grade programmable thermostat usually has more features and is more accurate than a standard thermostat, so if you’re unsure which one to buy, ask for help.
Remove the old thermostat from the wall and disconnect any wires attached. Install the new programmable thermostat using the old wall plate and screws. Program the new thermostat to suit your needs and preferences. Change over the current system with the new programmable thermostat.
Insulate Your Water Heater
If you have an old water heater in your basement, the walls around it are probably cold and damp. When a house has cold spots in the winter, condensation often occurs in places with a temperature difference. It means that the cold water tank is likely to develop a lot of condensation and, therefore, won’t heat your water properly. Insulating the walls around your water heater will help avoid this problem. To do this, you need to:
- Purchase some pipe insulation from your local hardware store.
- Cut it into tall pieces to cover the wall around the water heater, and then staple or tape it in place.
- You can also use spray foam insulation for this project, but make sure you’re wearing a mask and have proper ventilation when you’re doing it.
Weather-Strip Your Doors
One of the best ways to keep your home warm in the winter is to ensure that no drafts come through the doors. You can do this by weather-stripping your doors. Weather-stripping is a material that you attach to the door frame, and it creates a seal between the door and the frame so that no air can escape. You can buy weather stripping at any hardware store, and it’s a very easy project to do.
Here are some tips for completing it:
- Remove the old weather stripping if any is attached to the door frame.
- Clean the area around the door frame to attach the new weather stripping using a cloth.
- Attach the new weather stripping using the adhesive that it came with.
- Be sure to press firmly along the entire strip to secure it correctly.
Put your DIY skills to the test and see what you can do with a few simple household items. It’s never too late to make an improvement that will make your home more enjoyable and energy-efficient, so don’t wait any longer! Above is a list of six easy projects for those who want their home heating bills down without breaking the bank.